Robert A. Pape, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, discusses what motivates terrorism against the US; Obama’s forward-looking strategy in Iraq; why ISIS appeals to ordinary Sunnis; and the Chicago Project on Security & Terrorism.
Peter Hart, the activism director at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, discusses the latest media hit piece on journalist Gary Webb, who reported on the links between the CIA, the Contras, and the crack epidemic in the 1980s.
Attorney and author John Whitehead discusses his article “Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny.”
Shane Bauer, a reporter in Mother Jones‘ San Francisco bureau, discusses his investigation of a SWAT team training competition in the San Francisco area and his article “The Making of the Warrior Cop.”
Andrew Cockburn, author of Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy, discusses his article “Flying Blind: The U.S. air-power lobby, botched bombing missions, and bootless combat.“
Michael Glennon, Professor of International Law and author of National Security and Double Government, discusses his article “Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.“
Eric Margolis, journalist and author of American Raj, discusses the attack on Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa; provocative Russian military maneuvers by air and sea; and how the West helped Saddam Hussein’s Iraq obtain biological weapons.
Stephen Zunes, a professor of Politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, discusses Congress’s bipartisan effort to undermine war crimes investigations of Israel’s war on Gaza.
Gene Healy, a vice president at the Cato Institute, discusses his article “The Forever-War President: Obama’s ‘Transformational’ War Powers Legacy.”
Gareth Porter, an award-winning journalist and historian, discusses the IAEA’s renewed focus on a long-ago-debunked document that supposedly provides evidence of a clandestine Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Jonathan Landay, a McClatchy Foreign Staff journalist, discusses the New York Times report about chemical weapons found in Iraq between 2004-2011; and why the Bush administration is still wrong about active WMD programs – the supposed reason for invasion.
Jason Ditz, news editor for Antiwar.com, discusses the latest events in Libya.
Gareth Porter, author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discusses his article “When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes.”
Scott McConnell, a founding editor of The American Conservative, discusses why the Middle East doesn’t matter very much to American security and shouldn’t dominate our foreign policy.